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At Large Nominee Dennis Williamson
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Nominee Bio-
I serve as administrator for all workforce programs as well as business outreach and BR&E director. I have been with Western Arkansas Planning & Development District since 2015. I am a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED), Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator (BREC), and am working toward the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential to add to my workforce skill set. 35 years leadership and professional experience in the private sector.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
To continue the expansion of cooperation and coordination of programs with industry. The strength of workforce programs is in business support and program design in my opinion. Training design should become more adaptive to industry needs. Networking of industry and workforce must continue to be the bridge between job seekers and business need that ultimately leads to economic strength. It is also my intent to see a greater focus of workforce with a rural perspective.

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
Business networking is a key interest and aspect of my role in the district. I am passionate about
expanding industry input and connections to workforce program development. Further insuring that rural areas have the same level of understanding of workforce development and the need to utilize the resources available.

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
To have input into the future of the profession and to have more opportunity to network expanding my knowledge related to workforce development as well as the opportunity to share what our outcomes.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
Adapting to change seems to be the greatest challenge to the profession. Business is a key factor to success and it is still such a small part of most programs I have come into contact with. Understanding the unique challenges presented to rural communities related to workforce and the how to best capitalize on the limited resources available.